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       Still feeling inspired with the new year? I hope so! 🙂 But sometimes, it’s hard to feel inspired when you fall off the New Year’s resolution band wagon, as many of us do.

I thought this could be a good opportunity to share some great resources that I found in 2018 that have made our transition into the New Year as exciting and fresh as possible.

A New Year’s resolution/goal reset is a great way to reevaluate the original goals you set for the new year and another opportunity to implement the changes that really matter to you. And speaking of exciting and fresh, I also share another awesome recipe from The Ketogenic Edge Cookbook.

1. Try a New Recipe

       During the past few weeks, we have been diving right into a lot of new recipes, and it’s hard not to when one after the other is rated 10/10 stars in my book. The most recent recipe we tried is called “Tomato Basil Frittata”…it is simple, full of nutrients, and uses turmeric powder, which adds its own delicious flavor and beautiful yellow color to the finished product.

I feel that I must share this recipe as it is made from real food and is going to be made again and quickly eaten by my family very soon. I think I might also serve it to my extended family when they come to visit the new baby in February. 🙂 Enjoy!

Tomato Basil Frittata
Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

8 eggs
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon turmeric powder
1 bunch basil, chopped
1 small broccoli, diced
½ cup sliced cherry tomatoes
½ cup heavy cream
⅔ cup ricotta cheese
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 350° F.

Whisk eggs in a medium mixing bowl. Add in the rest of the ingredients, reserve the ricotta.

Pour into greased 8 by 8-inch glass baking dish. Gently spread mixture around until all ingredients are placed evenly. Sprinkle ricotta in large crumbs over the eggs prior to cooking. Spread evenly and cover thoroughly.

Bake for 20 minutes until the broccoli is soft, cheese is melted, and eggs cooked through.

Remove from oven, cool and serve warm or cold.

Macronutrients Per Serving:

  1. 5 g protein, 24 g fat, 7 g carb, 5 g net carb

Diane’s recipe notes:

       Unfortunately, our grocery store did not have fresh basil, so we had to resort to dried basil. It was still delicious, though fresh is best. 🙂

        Our oven did not cook this recipe in 20 minutes; it took about 45 minutes to cook through, but our oven seems to be set at a lower temperature than it should be. I constantly have to add minutes to any baking recipe, so this may not be the case for you; I just wanted to mention that it’s possible this recipe could take more than 20 minutes to cook through. It is definitely worth the wait.

       2. Be Inspired By Minimalism

       As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, going through our belongings to practice a more minimal lifestyle has been very beneficial. Our living space is so easy to keep clean, my babies have more space to run around indoors, and I am less stressed because clutter doesn’t accumulate or lurk in closets, drawers, and file cabinets nearly as much as it used to. In fact, practicing minimalism has allowed my naturally disorganized-self to feel and appear more organized than I actually am. It takes a big weight off my shoulders because it is primarily my job to maintain the beauty, cleanliness, and quality of our home-life. Decluttering is permanent organization.

       Of course, this process will always be ongoing; the point I am trying to make is that using minimalism to match our needs has been very useful. We can’t and don’t find value in practicing extreme minimalism, in which my children have no toys, we only have 4 forks, own 30 pieces of clothing, et cetera. In our home, minimalism just means intentional living and surrounding ourselves with only the things that we constantly use and that bring us joy. Things that are not being used or loved find new homes. This leaves room for more family time, less stress, and, in my case, much less of a nagging to-do list that keeps me up at night. 🙂

       Here I share some of the most helpful resources that have cleaned up our space for a fresh 2019:

Book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Video: The Laundry System that Changed my Life! (2018 Minimalist Family Life)

Video: 9 Things to Get Rid of for a Clutter Free Home Minimal Living

Video: How I Became a Minimalist

       3. Learn A New Skill Like Sourdough Bread

        Of course, choosing real food over low quality or processed food is the way to go if anyone wants to find or keep good health. In our home, we love our food rich in both taste and nutrients, and sourdough has been the most recently-added fermented food living in our kitchen. Here are a couple recipes my family loves that use sourdough:

This is the BEST pancake recipe! Plus, it is made from long-fermented sourdough starter. This is a big hit in our home. 

Our go-to homemade sourdough pizza recipe. 

An inspiring and creative recipe resource for any fermented food, such as kombucha, sourdough, kefir (milk and non-dairy kefirs), and fermented vegetables.

    4. Keep Learning

       I listen to and watch videos on youtube when I’m working. Here are some inspiring youtube channels on habit forming, minimalism, keeping a cleaner home, and productivity:

Matt D’Avella
warning: sometimes, swear words come up on this channel, so be mindful if you’re exploring this channel around children. Besides that, I enjoy Matt’s humor, his inspiring and very well-made videos, and wide variety of podcasts/interviews.

warning: in some her her videos, this youtuber can dress immodestly. Watch at your own discretion. That aside, I find her videos to be motivational and a great resource to get your life organized and goals set.

Break The Twitch: A more modest version of Muchelleb.

Clean My Space: A fun resource for cleaning, organizing, and minimalism topics.

       I hope these ideas have provided you with plenty of fun new recipes and concepts to explore! Life is busy and we all have to keep up on our to-do’s…but it always helps to be excited about a hobby or an interest along the way. 🙂 May your February be full of learning, wonderful food, and refueled willpower!

Article summary:

1.Tomato Basil Frittata recipe
2.Minimalism inspiration
3.Real food recipes: sourdough 
4.Inspiring youtube channels on habit forming, minimalism, keeping a cleaner home, and productivity

Diane Stanislowski is a wife, mother, and researcher with the goal of restoring the practice of traditional holistic approaches to wellness and sharing evidence-based information with the public.

She lives in Grand Forks North Dakota with her husband and two children and receives raw milk and pastured meats from Bartlett Farms.

Diane Stanislowski

Author: Diane Stanislowski